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Indonesia blocks Telegram, fearing terror groups using it to pass encrypted messages

Indonesia blocks Telegram, fearing terror groups using it to pass encrypted messages
From Mashable - July 17, 2017

Indonesia has blocked popular messaging service Telegram, over concerns of radical groups using the encrypted platform to spread information in the Muslim-majority nation.

The government blocked Telegram on the web last Friday, threatening to block the app after, if the company did not address illegal content on it.

In response, Telegram said on Sunday it would put together a team of moderators to actively remove "terrorist-related content."

"Every month we block thousands of ISIS-related public channels," Telegram CEO, Pavel Durov, was quoted by the Wall Street Journal as saying.

The company has built its name on its end-to-end encryption, making it easier for groups to share information anonymously. Indonesian authorities said it decided to pull the plug due to the "many channels" on Telegram containing dangerous information.

Indonesia's communications minister Rudiantara warned on Saturday that more social media services could be banned in the country, if they failed to filter radical content.

"Up to now only 50 percent (of radical content) has been filtered out by social media platform providers. This is disappointing ... If there are no improvements we must consider shutting down all platforms," he said.

Telegram has several million users in Indonesia.

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